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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) | [Mindy Kaling]

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”
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Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

©2011 Mindy Kaling (P)2011 Random House

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    Jill BROOKLYN, NY, United States 02-06-12
    Jill BROOKLYN, NY, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    What made the experience of listening to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) the most enjoyable?

    The stories. Awkward teenage-years and lack-of-hookup-skills stories are always entertaining to me. It was also interesting to hear how she got her start with Matt & Ben.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)?

    Why do boys take so long to put on their shoes?


    What does Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mindy's voice, which is extremely familiar, from the office. When there's a dialogue, Michael does the other voice so that's useful. I did not like that she mentioned pictures that are not included with the audiobook.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


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    Kristin 01-31-12
    Kristin 01-31-12
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    "Completely surpassed my expectations"
    What made the experience of listening to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this on a long solo drive down the eastern seaboard and it made the time melt away. Something fresh and new about her approach which I found both entertaining and appealing. The honesty in which she shares her lifestory is engaging, relateable and very funny. She's a smart girl who doesn't play dumb, but uses a natural naivete and interest in pop culture to acheive her interesting brand of humor. I really enjoyed sharing her world for a few hours.


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    LuWanda 01-30-12
    LuWanda 01-30-12

    So many books, so little time.

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    "She is funny!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed listening to Mindy's little memoir. Well worth the time! It was laugh out funny!


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    Gineane 01-30-12
    Gineane 01-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "light, enjoyable read"
    What did you love best about Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)?

    She is very honest and funny. I loved getting the behind the scenes at


    Have you listened to any of Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud at times. Some of the experiences she describes are so relatable and universal.


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    Fatima Portland, OR, United States 01-23-12
    Fatima Portland, OR, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "She's just not funny."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    In the preface, Mindy Kaling warns the reader that this book will not be as funny as Tina Fey's Bossypants. She certainly delivered on that promise.

    I've listened to many, *MANY* comedy audiobooks and this was undoubtedly the worst. Most comedy either delivers an interesting take on the mundane or describes comically unique situations. This book shows neither. She reflects on experiences that nearly everyone has had with the most uninspired perspective. What's more, she sounds like a petulant, entitled rich kid, whether she actually was or not. And spoiler alert-- even the titular experience is nothing more than a story about young girls who were friends and sort of grew apart as they realized their interests were changing. Was the experience earth shattering for her? Not really.

    While most comics have traversed fairly rough terrain to sharpen their wit, at least in this book, she's described not a single, solitary experience that gives her a unique perspective on the world. There are no high stakes experiences in which the reader is rooting for her. There is also very little evidence of emotional growth. She grew up privileged with happily married parents. True she wasn't the most popular girl, but how many of us really were the popular kids? She attended an excellent school and was very academic. She loved great comedy, and then started her career. Most comics live their comedy. She, by contrast, seems to have studied it, which will always make her a mediocre comedy writer.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mindy Kaling again?

    No.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine. The book was horribly written.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Major disappointment. Frustration that I had wasted a credit.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, don't waste the money.

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    Yoo-Win United States 01-21-12
    Yoo-Win United States 01-21-12
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    "Disappointment"

    Disappointed by this book, it is uninteresting and Kaling seems to be whining throughout the book, annoyingly; rendering me waiting hopelessly for that one laugh that never come, until the very end. Extremely disappointed.

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    Janice Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-19-12
    Janice Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2010

    true crime fan

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    "I Love Mindy Kaling"

    I needed to listen to something a little lighter after finishing The Game of Thrones so I picked this and am so glad I did. I think Mindy Kaling is so freaking funny-totally my kind of humor.

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    Stephanie KANSAS CITY, KS, United States 01-16-12
    Stephanie KANSAS CITY, KS, United States 01-16-12
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    "No plot, no fuss"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) to be better than the print version?

    Probably!


    Any additional comments?

    There is not plot to this book, but enjoy it and have a laugh. Mindy Kaling is fun to listen to and get to know!

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    ellen Tucson, AZ 01-15-12
    ellen Tucson, AZ 01-15-12 Member Since 2013

    garden lover

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    "entertaining and likable"
    What did you love best about Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)?

    I loved all of her personal stories (both of growing up and becoming successful) ...I enjoyed less her opinions of movies and celebrities. Mindy is likable and endearing.


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    Katie LANSING, MI, United States 01-15-12
    Katie LANSING, MI, United States 01-15-12
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    "Like hanging out with Mindy!"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Mindy Kaling's character on The Office, and she brings the same exuberance to her book and her performance (although, thank goodness, she does sound smarter as herself than as Kelly Kapoor). I laughed out loud over and over while listening to this. Her performance really makes it entertaining.

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    "Wonderful easy listen- like listening to a friend"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing about Mindy's childhood and her early career.


    Have you listened to any of Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of her other performances, but I have to say that I love her voice. It's very friendly, happy and so distinctive that I can still hear her narration, even after finishing the book.


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